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April 2021

Craig Morgan Teicher: Welcome to Sonnetville, New Jersey

April 6 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. TUESDAYS WITH BOA Craig Morgan Teicher will be in conversation with BOA Publisher and Executive Director Peter Conners.   Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize-winning poet (2018) and nationally recognized literary critic Craig Morgan Teicher’s Welcome to Sonnetville, New Jersey is a collection of poems about entering middle age, raising a young family, sustaining a marriage, and taking care of a severely disabled child. These sonnets and…

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Justin Jannise: How to be Better by Being Worse

April 13 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. TUESDAYS WITH BOA Justin Jannise will be in conversation with BOA Publisher and Executive Director Peter Conners.   Justin Jannise turns the self-help manual on its head in his Poulin Prize-winning debut collection. His poems flout, subvert, question, and ignore the rules with exploratory energy. Queer experiences are celebrated—from crushing on long-dead, sad-eyed poets to drag divas dancing at Halloween parties—gender constructs are questioned, and…

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Kendra Decolo: I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World

April 20 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. Kendra Decolo will be in conversation with BOA Publisher and Executive Director Peter Conners.   Kendra DeColo reaffirms the action of mothering as heroic, brutal, and hardcore with poems that interrogate patriarchal narratives about childbirth, postpartum healing, and motherhood through the lens of pop culture and the political zeitgeist. With references ranging from Courtney Love to Lana Del Rey to Richard Burton to Nicholas Cage,…

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Rachel Mennies: The Naomi Letters

April 27 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. Rachel Mennies will be in conversation with BOA Publisher and Executive Director Peter Conners.   Told through a time-honored epistolary narrative, The Naomi Letters chronicles in poems the relationship between a woman speaker and Naomi, the woman she loves. These letter-poems form a braid, first from the use of found texts; next from the speaker’s personal observations about her bisexuality, Judaism, and mental illness; and…

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May 2021

E.C. Osondu: Alien Stories

May 11 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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Scroll down and select “Get Tickets” to receive a Zoom link to this virtual event. E.C. Osondu will be in conversation with BOA Publisher and Executive Director Peter Conners.   Celebrated Nigerian-born writer E.C. Osondu delivers a short-story collection of nimble dexterity and startling originality in his BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning Alien Stories. With a nod to the dual meaning of alien as both foreigner and exterrestrial, Osondu turns familiar science fiction tropes and immigration narratives on their heads, blending…

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